For the opening of the European KZ Championship in Belgium, Parolin Motorsport showed a remarkable level of performance which enabled its two drivers to play leading roles. Francesco Celenta started with the 2nd fastest time in Qualifying while Lorenzo Travisanutto came close to the Final top five in his first race in the category.
As always in an elite category like KZ, the competition was extremely close for the opening of the European Championship from 13th to 15th May at the Genk circuit. The weather remained fine and dry throughout the weekend and temperatures rose above 25° for the first time this season. The harshness of the races led to numerous incidents which further increased the selectivity of the Belgian event.
“The balance of the weekend is positive, even if we were not able to capitalise on the speed of our drivers,” said Marco Parolin. “Our two drivers worked very well with the team and I am satisfied with the progress made by our KZ department in such a short time. Francesco paid dearly for his jumped start in Heat 1 and Lorenzo for his spoiler in Heat 2. I think it would have been essential to start a few places further ahead to aim for the podium, because the standard of the top ten drivers was really high: they were all running similar times so it was not easy to overtake. It’s no coincidence that the top four drivers finished where they started. We leave Genk aware of our strengths, but also of the details we need to work on to try to improve our results in Cremona.”
2nd in Qualifying, 6th in the intermediate classification despite an incident and a loose spoiler in the first heat. 4th in the Super Heat, 8th in the Final, 7th in the provisional Championship ranking.
10th in Qualifying, 7th in the intermediate ranking, fastest lap in the Super Heat, 6th in the Final with the 2nd fastest time, 6th in the provisional Championship ranking.
25th out of 89 in Qualifying, three good heats, but two retirements due to incidents. Another retirement in the Super Heat, while qualification for the Final was in sight.
On the Spanish circuit of Zuera, Parolin Motorsport scored important points in the second round of the FIA Karting European Championship – OK and OK-Junior. Enzo Deligny again took 2nd in OK, both in the Final and in the standings, while René Lammers finished 4th in the OK-Junior Final and moved up to 3rd in the standings. Zac Drummond achieved his best result with a 6th place in the Final.
The meeting took place in sunny and warm weather. The 1,699m long Zuera circuit is demanding for the engines and requires a very well-tuned chassis. Slipstream plays an important role and the slightest mistake can have serious consequences. At Parolin Motorsport the equipment was again very competitive and the young drivers showed good progress.
“We regretted the absence of Anatholy Khavalkin who could not defend his 2nd place in the European OK-Junior Championship”, Marco Parolin noted. “Administrative reasons prevented him from going to Spain. Fortunately René Lammers and Zac Drummond reacted very well and Parolin Motorsport was able to continue to prove its high competitiveness. Lammers strengthened his 3rd place in the Championship standings by climbing up to 4th position, 0.170″ from the podium. It’s a pity that he was involved in a crash in a heat because he was in a position to finish better in the top three. Drummond was very fast during the Qualifying sessions and he took advantage of this to perform very well in the top three of the heats before ensuring a very good 6th place in the Final. Enzo Deligny had the opportunity to assert his status in OK during the whole event. Excellent in the top four of Qualifying and the heats, he won Super Heat B with panache and fought for the win in the Final before taking the second step of the podium. Thanks to the performance level of our Parolin/TM Racing karts, our drivers are progressing with each race in both categories. This is going to be an exciting season and our ambitions are very high. We are now preparing for the next round in Sweden.”
16th in Qualifying, two wins and a 2nd place in the heats, 10th in the intermediate ranking, 3rd in Super Heat B, 4th in the Final (+5 pl), 3rd in the provisional Championship ranking (+6 pl).
5th in Qualifying, 2nd, twice 3rd in heats, 3rd in intermediate ranking, 6th in Final, 9th in provisional Championship ranking (+8 pl).
4th in Qualifying, three times 2nd in heats, two fastest laps, 1st in Super Heat B, 2nd in Final, 2nd in provisional Championship ranking (+6 pl).